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{{refimprove|date=May 2010}}Dysteleology is the philosophical view that existence has no telos - no final cause from purposeful design. Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) invented and popularized the word "dysteleology"JOURNAL, Natural Selection and Dysteleology, George Romanes, Romanes, George J., Nature, 9, 361–2, 1874-03-12, 10.1038/009361a0, 228, 'Prof. Haeckel has invented a new and convenient name, "Dysteleology," for the study of the "purposelessnesses" which are observable in living organisms—such as the multitudinous cases of rudimentary and apparently useless structures.', (OED1, dysteleology, ).Dysteleology is an aggressive, yet optimistic, form of science-oriented atheism{{cn|date=October 2018}} originally perhaps{{or|date=October 2018}} associated with Haeckel and his followers, but now perhaps more associated{{by whom?|date=October 2018}} with the type of atheism of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, or Christopher Hitchens. Transcending traditional philosophical and religious perspectives, such as German idealism (including the philosophies of Hegel and Schelling) and contemporary New Age thinking, modern philosophical naturalism sees existence as having no inherent goal.{{cn|date=January 2017}}

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